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Connie Mack Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00
Official National League (Frick) ball signed by baseball's fabled "Tall Tactician," Connie Mack. Mack's signature has been scripted in blue ink across the sweet spot and grades "8/9." This ball dates to the 1946-1951 manufacturing period and was most likely signed during one of Mack's final managerial seasons. He retired in 1951 at the age of eighty-eight and passed away five years later. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937. Mack single-signed balls are far rarer than many collectors realize. Until just a few years ago, many balls that were thought to be Mack singles were determined to actually be secretarial signatures. That is why in recent years so few Mack single-signed balls have been offered when in previous years they were scarce but not great rarities. (Similarly, many letters and documents signed by White Sox owner Charles Comiskey were determined to have been ghost-signed by team secretary Charles Grabiner.) The ball is lightly soiled (possibly a game ball) and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. Accompanying the ball, and perfect for display with it, is a vintage 6.5 x 8.25-inch black-and-white original portrait photograph of Mack picturing him late in life (Vg-Ex). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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